Top 10 reasons to get a PMP certification, even if you’re a seasoned pro

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I have about ten years experience working as a project manager. Is it worthwhile for me to get my PMP certification or have I worked long enough that I don’t really need it?

I’m a strong believer in professional certifications. I think they show professional commitment, a specified level of knowledge, and a presumption of technical expertise.

Regarding your question of is a PMP right for you, it depends what you want to do professionally long term. Getting a PMP is a big investment in both time and money. If you feel that project management has been a good stepping stone for you and you are ready to move on, then no, it may not be worth your while. That said, if you want to be a project manager long term, then yes, it can have incredible value to you.

The PMP is a great certification and carries with it a high level of prestige within the project management and Information Technology (IT) community. I would also say that a PMP is highly respected within non-IT communities where strong project management skills are required.

If you plan on a long term career as a project manager, then yes, even with your level of experience, I would suggest getting your PMP. I say this for the following reasons.

  1. Will expose you to mainstream thinking on project management standards, techniques, best practices, and current trends
  2. You will learn great new tricks and techniques to assist you in your project management activities
  3. When hiring, many companies are now giving preference to project managers that are PMP certified
  4. It’s a formalized display of your professional ability
  5. If working for a consulting firm, your PMP credential may help your company win business, making you more valuable to your firm
  6. Will provide networking opportunities with other PMPs
  7. Will impress your friends at cocktail parties
  8. Will provide potential teaching opportunities by teaching PMP classes to future PMP candidates
  9. Illustrates personal drive to further your credentials, knowledge, and professional abilities
  10. Helps to distinguish you from other project management professionals in this tough job market

If you have any questions about your career in IT, please email me at
eric@ManagerMechanics.com
or find me on Twitter at @EricPBloom.

Until next time, work hard, work smart, and continue to grow.

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